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speech in washington, as well as your own. but now president obama will be speaking in charlotte at the bank of america stadium, and the economy is a major issue, also deeply linked to the war. what are your thoughts today about where we have gone in this four years? rep. john lewis: well, it is- it's my hope that president obama and the democratic party will recapture the hopes, the dreams that people had four years ago, and have a platform, a program, where we must go now. how do we rescue and save people? how do we give people a feeling that they can survive, they can make it in america? people-many people lost their homes, their jobs. we must say, there is a way out, there is a better way. they cannot be shy because the convention is taking place in the bank of america center. they've got to be strong. they've got to tell the truth. amy goodman: do you think people should be protesting as president obama is speaking? rep. john lewis: well, i don't know. if people feel that something is not right, is not fair, they have a right to protest. amy goodman: do you feel it's not right?
good voted for obama by about a 15 point margin. these are people who do not think the economy is doing well, yet they stayed with the incumbent. the same was true on a personal level. people who said their personal financial situation was no better or worse, same as it was four years ago, voted for obama. there was a sense that the people in the middle, the people who were not enthusiastic, they did not think it was a disaster ended up staying with the incumbent, which is remarkable. i think it reflects some of the problems that it wrongly based in terms of building confidence. some of the fundamental problems were they're going into the election and were their coming out. there is one example that exemplifies problem. the as to is more to blame for the economic problems. 53 percent said george w. bush was to be waived. the damage the republican party has taken over the past six- eight years is still resonating with the american public. i think obama was able to get four years of about the economy and still get reelected because of the position the republicans are in. that brings
: glad to be back. .ost: let's do a little recap the re-election of president obama. the debates over the economy. guest: it is about as fractious as it could be. washington is a divided city. the fiscal cliff -- i believe both sides know what to do. it is going to be painful. either raise taxes or cut spending. both need to be done. our taxes are going to go up. some good programs will be cut automatically on january 1 if they do not come up with an agreement. that was designed by the politicians to deal with the fiscal problems. it reminds me of the old "national lampoon" comfort that if you don't buy this magazine, we will shoot this dog. save us from ourselves or help us save us from ourselves. it didn't work. they have about a week to go. i suspect they will kick the can down the road. a short-term way to get is passed the immediate collapse of what is stalling certain cuts. maybe unemployment benefits, that kind of thing. i think there will give a short- term answer. host: a lot of headlines are about the republicans and their caucus. what about democrats? are they at fault as w
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